The end of May is offering some new experience for those who are heading to Rome. The National Museum of XXI Century Arts – MAXXI – was opened on Thursday, 27th of May, 2010 with a glamorous ceremony attracting global attention and featuring famous architect Zaha Hadid, designer of the building. The etaernal city mostly known for its ancient monuments and baroque churches finally has a new contemporary art gallery! MAXXI is Italy’s first national public center for contemporary art.

Modern Art Museum Rome MAXXI

The entire world was looking forward to the event after more than 10 years of preparation and building works. A crowd of viewers and institutional authorities packed the inside hall of the MAXXI, anxious to get a view of the woman who majestically turned an old military site into a breathtaking glass and steel, modern and abstract white structure where light flows in from all corners filling in the wide spaces. The museum houses two museums -– MAXXI Art and MAXXI architecture — and includes an auditorium, a media library specializing in art and architecture, a bookshop, cafeteria, bar-restaurant and outdoor spaces for the exhibition of sculpture.

Commissioned from Zaha Hadid in 1999. The new structure designed by this Anglo-Iraqi architect juts out dramatically from the side of a former military barracks in a residential neighborhood outside the city center. The museum was slated to open in 2006 but its €150m construction was continually interrupted by lack of funds. The museum stands in a drowsy neighborhood of early-20th-century apartment buildings and former army barracks called Flaminio.It takes about 20 min from the city center to get there.

The energy builds as you walk toward it. Experience the face of modern Rome!

Opening hours:
from Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-19.00
Thursday 11.00-22.00

Tickets prices:
adults: €11
concessions: €7, for groups of between 10 and 25 people
free: for young people under 14 years of age

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